Friends and Lovers

Friends and Lovers

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by Eric Jerome Dickey
     
 

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In this sexy, soulful tale of love, betrayal, and friendship set in modern-day Los Angeles, the lives of four young African-Americans--two men and two women--are chronicled through the love and the laughter, as well as the heartache and pain of not-so-everyday life. A witty, honest portrait of contemporary mores and humanity in which the gender gap isn't merely

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In this sexy, soulful tale of love, betrayal, and friendship set in modern-day Los Angeles, the lives of four young African-Americans--two men and two women--are chronicled through the love and the laughter, as well as the heartache and pain of not-so-everyday life. A witty, honest portrait of contemporary mores and humanity in which the gender gap isn't merely investigated, but celebrated.

Editorial Reviews

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It seems that the newest and long-overdue trend in relationship fiction is the emergence of male authors creating female characters. Author Eric Jerome Dickey brings us two sets of best friends: Leonard and Tyrel, and Debra and Shelby. Leonard meets Shelby. Tyrel meets Debra. The two couples fall in love and challenges abound. Friends and Lovers teaches the reader to appreciate and recognize true friendship and love when they grace our lives. In the tradition of Terry McMillan, Dickey takes relationships to a more realistic level.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Close on the heels of last year's popular Sister, Sister, former stand-up comedian Dickey offers another sexy, sophisticated portrayal of hip black L.A. Introspective nurse Debra and outspoken, impulsive stewardess Shelby have had their share of bad-news brothers, so when they meet Leonard and Tyrel, best friends who work for the same software company, both women have their doubts about getting involved. The relationships take different courses: Debra puts sex off until she and Leonard (who enjoys a blossoming career moonlighting as a comedian) get married, while Shelby and Tyrel learn the hard way that long-lasting romance doesn't begin between the sheets. In the end, it takes disaster in the life of the newlyweds to bring Shelby and Tyrel back together. Short chapters written in the voices of his four main characters and engagingly trendy dialogue keep the pace brisk as Dickey skillfully fleshes out two dynamic African American women whose talk and travails ring true. Literary Guild selection. (Nov.)
Kirkus Reviews
Second-novelist Dickey more than fulfills the promise shown in Sister, Sister (1996), again offering real characters and invigorating, believable dialogue.

The loves, lives, and losses of four vibrant, Los Angelesbased African-American men and women are the subjects on which Dickey focuses his powers of observation and finely tuned wit. Tyrel, whose twin sister Mye is a constant source of support, is a computer-company executive whose career is far more steady than his love life. His best friend, Leonard, is an aspiring stand- up comedian who seems poised for stardom, though also remaining unhappily single. When the two men meet Debra and Shelby, it seems that their luck has taken a dramatic turn for the better; after a matter of days, Leonard and the light-skinned, quiet but determined Debra, an OB-GYN nurse, have fallen for each other big-time. It takes Tyrel and the outspoken, harder-edged Shelby, a flight attendant (who hates being called a "stewardess"), a little longer, but after a rocky start they too find in each other what they've been searching for. Los Angeles seems at first a paradise for the foursome as they enthusiastically hit the beaches, comedy clubs, restaurants, and discos. Then a massive misunderstanding destroys Tyrel and Shelby's romance, leading them to move to San Francisco and San Diego, respectively; by this time, Leonard and Debra are happily married and frustrated with their best friends' inability to resolve their differences. It takes tragedy on a grand scale to reunite lovers destined for each other and to teach both couples that friendship is perhaps the most valuable gift they've been given.

With four characters taking turns offering snippets of the story, it's sometimes hard to keep track of who's talking—but familiarity makes for smoother sailing through another success scored by Dickey.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780525941279
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
11/01/1997
Pages:
404
Product dimensions:
5.88(w) x 8.64(h) x 1.32(d)

Meet the Author

Eric Jerome Dickey is the New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty previous novels as well as a six-issue miniseries of graphic novels featuring Storm (X-Men) and the Black Panther. Originally from Memphis, Dickey now lives on the road and rests in whatever hotel will have him.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Los Angeles, California
Date of Birth:
July 7, 1961
Place of Birth:
Memphis, Tennessee
Education:
B.S., University of Memphis, 1983
Website:
http://www.ericjeromedickey.com

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Friends And Lovers (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 111 reviews.
ThiickReader More than 1 year ago
I loved this book so much, i think i've read it about six times already. He did an awsome job writing this. You fall in love with all the main characters and hope to have friendhips and relationships like that when you get older. The book takes you from heartbreak to laughter to happiness to sadness and back to happiness, i just loved it. Everybody should read this book SERIOUSLY!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Eric Jerome Dickey truly wrote another masterpiece with this book. This book made you experience EVERY emotion possible. Once again I could not put the book down! I even read Chapter 12 twice (smile)! This was better then the first book. Looks like I am hooked on EJD now!
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Started off slow, but it was so good i even tried to drop reading so it would last longer. This book had my emotions all over the place.. man, it even had me hit up someone in past to reconnect. Great book, and well written!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it from start to finish.
Celi12 More than 1 year ago
great book !
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BelloCuore More than 1 year ago
...This book is so good. The author does a great job introducing the characters in this book, you fall in love with them and their individual stories. Definitely a page turner, i was so caught up in ths book im so tempted to tell you about it but you need to see for yourself.....makes you laugh, cry and a whole lot more
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great book and easy read
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cinnamon-69 More than 1 year ago
very good
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cali_sunshine More than 1 year ago
I loved every second of this book. I love EJD and everything he writes! This book actually had me laugh and cry aloud. I mean really...I really cried. Very touching story...
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really good book
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was outstanding I didnt stop reading until I was done. Leonard and Debra' s story was really sweet but Shelby and Tyrel was more realistic in my opinion. Tyrel is my favorite character, loved his 'encounters' with Richard hilarious especially chapter 33. The whole book was just great!